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Renowned Petroleum Engineer to Speak at Clarkson University on the Role of Unconventional Resources

The New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at Clarkson University is proud to announce that Christine Ehlig-Economides, the William C. Miller Endowed Chair Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston, will speak on the likely role of unconventional resources in the future.

Christine Ehlig-EconomidesEhlig-Economides will speak on Thursday, April 2, at 2:30 p.m. in Clarkson's Science Center Room 362 (#18 on the map at Refreshments will precede the lecture at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, “Has Unconventional Become Conventional?," Ehlig-Economides will explore what historically has been meant by “unconventional” and the role unconventional resources are likely to play in the future.

Ehlig-Economides is the first William C. Miller Endowed Chair Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston. She is a world-renowned expert on reservoir engineering, pressure transient analysis, integrated reservoir characterization, complex well design and production enhancement.

Her career took her around the world as a Schlumberger engineer. In the following 10 years, before her recent move to the University of Houston, she taught petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. While at A&M, she managed research in production and reservoir engineering in conventional and shale reservoirs, and helped the petroleum engineering department to grow and evolve to a broader energy scope.  

Ehlig-Economides was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003, was a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on America’s Energy Future, and is currently a member of the NRC Board on Energy and Environmental Systems.

She is one of 16 Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI) Scholars and was recently named a Chief Scientist for the Sinopec Research Institute on Petroleum Engineering as one of the Thousand Talents in China.

Ehlig-Economides was the first American woman to earn a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering when she obtained her doctorate from Stanford University in 1979. She also has a master of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas, and a bachelor of arts in math-science from Rice University.

She has received numerous awards from the Society of Petroleum Engineers, including the Anthony Lucas Gold Medal. Ehlig-Economides has published more than 115 papers, lectured or consulted in 50 countries, and authored two patents. During her career, she has served on many committees and task forces of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Ehlig-Economides will be the 11th lecturer in Clarkson University's New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship series, which is dedicated to improving the understanding of important issues facing engineering and society in the 21st century.  

Read more about the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at .

For more information, please contact Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering Liya Regel, New Horizons in Engineering founder and chair, at .

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